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FYI covers the administration’s budget requests, executive orders, and other physical science-related statements. FYI also covers many of the activities of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and National Science and Technology Council.

11 Feb 2016

The President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request is a mixed bag for science, with proposed increases for some science agencies hinging on new mandatory spending that Congress is unlikely to embrace. 

28 Jan 2016

In a wide-ranging conversation, a panel of science policy makers and scholars attempt to diagnose why both politicians and the public disagree on scientific issues.

27 Jan 2016

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama provided an upbeat vision for the nation’s future that prominently includes American scientific discovery and leadership, also a strong theme of Obama’s past addresses.

11 Dec 2015

Former NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, known for calculating historic space launch trajectories by hand and shattering gender and racial barriers in science, received the nation’s highest civilian award.

4 Dec 2015

President Obama signed into law the final 2016 defense policy authorization bill after vetoing an earlier version. The law includes a number of provisions supporting scientific research and collaboration at the Departments of Defense and Energy, including an easing of conference travel restrictions on federal scientists and engineers.

25 Nov 2015

NASA released a unifying vision to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. While the goal has support in Congress and from the White House, securing adequate sustained funding through the next two decades and managing the inherent risks involved in human travel to deep space remain considerable barriers to NASA’s goal.

13 Nov 2015

The House passed legislation that would make it easier and faster for mining companies to get approval from the federal government to develop minerals on federal lands, although opponents are concerned that the bill would undermine key environmental protections

3 Nov 2015

A number of top science officials in the federal government took a moment today to recognize the milestone of fifteen years of continuous human presence in outer space aboard the International Space Station, as well as the scientific progress that presence is enabling

30 Oct 2015

Congress approved a major bipartisan budget agreement, negotiated with the White House, that increases discretionary spending by $80 billion total in FY 2016 and FY 2017, creating room for boosts to spending at federal science agencies and offices starting this year

1 Oct 2015

Following countless hours spent by the Obama Administration preparing the FY 2016 budget request and numerous House and Senate appropriations hearings and floor votes leading up to today’s start of the new fiscal year, the outcome - at least to this point – is a continuation of current funding levels for federal departments and agencies through mid-December.